At the South Florida Museum they have the Parker Manatee Aquarium. It is used as a rehabilitation facility, and temporary home for Manatees, who recieve treatment and then are released back out into the wild. It currently houses three Manatees in 60,000 gallons of water.
The star of the show is Snooty. Snootys Mother was captured in 1948 after being injured by a boat. At first they didn't realize she was pregnant. On July 21, 1948 Snooty was delivered by caesarian at the Old Miami Aquarium. The 60 pound infants Mother died 6 hours later. This was the first recorded birth of a Manatee in captivity. In 1949 he moved to a small aquarium in Bradenton. It wasn't until 1993 that he was moved to his present location, and not till 1998 that he began to be housed with a long list of other Manatees. Snooty at 63 years old is the oldest known Manatee. He is 9 feet 7 inches long and weighs 1215 pounds. Females get bigger. Snooty has been taught to wave and roll over. Unlike the other Manatees Snooty prefers to be hand fed, and will actually pull himself up out of the water to do so
Ahh, a snakebird! I love these. I once saw a huge kettle of migrating anhingas while in Texas and was kind of puzzled until I figured out what they were. The heads are so narrow, it looked like a huge soaring flock of headless birds!